“If you never got to see Phil alive, you’re going to tonight”-Sonny Ochs (Phil’s sister)
“Zachary Stevenson doesn't portray Phil Ochs. He is Phil Ochs. The complex, mercurial personality; the songs; Stevenson nails it all”- Ottawa Citizen
Join us for this special celebration of Phil Ochs' 75th birthday last Dec. 19 with Canadian singer,
songwriter, actor, playwright and producer Zachary Stevenson, who has been acclaimed for his one man
play about Phil, and for his performances as Buddy Holly and Hank Williams.
“Seeing Phil Ochs, in 1972, was one of the turning points of my life, and when I saw Zachary
Stevenson for the first time at a Folk Alliance ceremony honoring Phil, it was as if I was seeing and
hearing Phil in the flesh once again. It brought a huge smile to my lips and tears to my eyes.”
at Lied Center Pavilion1600 Stewart DrLawrence, KansasUSA
We are thrilled to welcome back
West Side Folk audience favorite Carrie Newcomer. Carrie Newcomer's music has always explored the
intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career
she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue.
Her ability for sharp observation of the world lead the Dallas Morning News to rave, “She's the
kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, 'that is so true.'”
She has been described as "a soaring songstress" by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by
the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone has declared that Newcomer “asks all the right questions.”
Author Barbara Kingsolver wrote, “She's a poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend
and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.” Rosanne Cash says “Carrie is
a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer
and songwriter, and deeply refreshing” while Mary Chapin Carpenter says “I love Carrie
Newcomer will be joined by the outstanding pianist Gary Walters, who has extensive symphonic and jazz
experience while also being touring pianist with soul legends like Martha Reeves, the Marvelletes,
and the Crystals.
at Cider Gallery810 PennsylvaniaLawrence, KansasUSA
Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter,
poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient
of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of twenty
years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music, on 19 albums, which weds striking poetic imagery and
philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies. His music has been in numerous motion pictures
(film maker Peter Farrelly calls him “a national treasure.”) “I've got a car with over
475,000 miles on it, and it's my third road vehicle,” Paul declares. “I've been doing 200
shows a year for over twenty years. There isn't a town in the country where I won't find a friend.
I'm a nomad. And I'm gonna write and play until I'm gone.” The Boston Globe calls his music “
Literate, provocative, urbanely romantic” while Nora Guthrie says he is “Wise, tender,
brilliant, and biting.” Ellis has been a mainstay of West Side Folk since our first days,
and always brings great music old and new to our stage.
at Unity Church 900 Madeline LnLawrence, KansasUSA
It is always a delight to welcome
Cheryl Wheeler back to West Side Folk. If you have never experienced Cheryl in concert, I can't sum
her up any better than Scott Alarik has: “There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest,
most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl,
a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet
and comic. More confidently and beautifully than ever before, she proves that the poet and the comic are
one and the same.”
West Side Folk works because of its volunteers and supporters.
Find out how you can help here.
Support West Side Folk and advertise your support of folk music in general
with a T-shirt, cap, mug, or other item emblazoned with one of our logos.
Available in a range of styles, colors, sizes at
Unity Church (wheelchair accessible)
9th & Madeline (3/8 mile west of Iowa Street on 9th St).
The Pavilion at Lied Center (wheelchair accessible) 1600 Stewart Drive (on KU's West Campus). Directions
Cider Gallery 810 Pennsylvania, Lawrence KS
Season Tickets save money & give you reserved seats front and center at
each concert! (All other seating is general admission only).
Get all four regular Winter/Spring concerts for just $78 (a twelve dollar savings).
Individual and season tickets are available via mail order or (with credit card) online. Individual tickets are also available soon at Mass Street Music in Lawrence.
Send mail orders, with checks made out to West Side Folk, to:
West Side Folk, c/o Bob McWilliams, 3026 Longhorn Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049.
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at the door.